Since “CSI” has been off the air for over five years, some fans may not remember or know about George Eads’ on-set troubles. Back in 2013, Eads missed a few episodes of the series’ 14th season because of a skirmish behind the scenes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Eads argued with the writer about his role and this quarrel over character development reportedly led to Eads’ temporary leave from the series. “George Eads will not appear in several episodes during the first half of the season. We look forward to him returning to CSI very soon,” read a statement CBS Television to the outlet. Eads’ spokesperson contradicted the account, indicating that his absence resulted from a dispute with the series’ showrunner and not a fight with a writer.
Eads missed five episodes of the show’s 14th season. He returned to “CSI” in season 14’s ninth episode, “Check In and Check Out” and would remain a regular cast member on the popular crime series until the end of its 15 season, which was its last. The original “CSI” franchise is being revived in the form of “CSI: Vegas,” with Jorja Fox and William Petersen returning as original cast members.